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Started by sciroco on Mar 18, 2011 6:34:07 PM
Arab World Uprisings

Who's Winning ? Who's Losing ?

sciroco - 18 Mar 2011 18:34:57 (#1 of 6074)

Challenging the Brutal Dictator in Syria

Syrian forces kill 4 protesters in southern city

Several thousand gathered in Deraa chant 'God, Syria, Freedom' and anti-corruption slogans; state TV reports of other; amateur videos show similar rallies in Homs, Baniyas

Syrian security forces killed four demonstrators on Friday in the southern city of Deraa as they took part in a peaceful protest demanding political freedom and an end to corruption in Syria, a resident said.,7340,L-4044259,00.html

sciroco - 19 Mar 2011 13:25:33 (#2 of 6074)

Bullets Stall Youthful Push for Arab Spring

MANAMA, Bahrain — These days, Muhammad al-Maskati is a prisoner in his apartment, his BlackBerry shut off by the government, the streets outside his apartment filled with tanks, the hospitals around town packed with the wounded.

Multimedia Morocco: The Youth Rise UpMorocco: The Youth Rise UpClose VideoSee More Videos » Slide Show The Youth of the Mideast Interactive Feature Middle East Protests: A Country-by-Country LookEnlarge This Image Andrea Bruce for The New York TimesIn Morocco, members of the Feb. 20th Movement are trying to promote democratic institutions despite government intimidation. Mr. Maskati is a 24-year-old human rights activist who not long ago felt so close to achieving Egypt’s kind of peaceful revolution, through a dogged commitment to nonviolence. Then the Saudi tanks rolled into Bahrain, and protesters came under attack, the full might of the state hammering at unarmed civilians.

“We thought it would work,” Mr. Maskati said, his voice soft with depression, yet edged with anger. “But now, the aggression is too much. Now it’s not about the protest anymore, it’s about self-defense.”

sciroco - 20 Mar 2011 12:57:38 (#3 of 6074)

Syria's Dictator worried,

Syria seals off southern city after clashes kill 5 in first sign of intruding Mideast unrest

BEIRUT — Syrian police sealed off a southern city Saturday after security forces killed at least five protesters there in the first sign that the Arab world’s pro-democracy push is seeping into one of the region’s most repressive places.

Residents of Daraa were being allowed to leave but not enter the city on Saturday, said prominent Syrian rights activist Mazen Darwish. The quick cordon seemed aimed at choking off any spread of unrest after Friday’s clashes and emotional funeral processions for the dead on Saturday.

President Bashar Assad, who has boasted that his country is immune to the cries for change that have already toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, sent a delegation to the southern city to offer his condolences to families of the victims, according to a Syrian official.

sciroco - 21 Mar 2011 17:09:03 (#4 of 6074)

A New Arab Generation Finds Its Voice

Video interviews with more than two dozen young people, from Libya to Gaza.

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sciroco - 21 Mar 2011 18:06:08 (#5 of 6074)

Down with the Dictator...

Syrian protestors tear down Hafez al-Assad statue,7340,L-4045473,00.html

sciroco - 22 Mar 2011 18:03:13 (#6 of 6074)

Arresting dozens of journalists and students and murdering your own people won't work, Dictator Assad,

Assad Regime Attempts to Dampen Down the Demonstrations

Despite a "carrot and stick" approach taken by the authorities in Syria, protests continued today in the southern city of Daraa, 62 miles from Damascus. The epicenter was the vicinity of a mosque that was transformed into a field hospital on Friday after Syrian police opened fire on protesters killing 7. A witness told the German DPA press agency. 'A demonstration is taking place near al-Omari mosque where there are more than 300 wounded people,'

The government displayed the "stick" by arresting dozens of journalists and students throughout Syria over the past 10 days. However, street demonstrations have proliferated, demanding an end to state of emergency law enforcement and calling for greater freedom.

sciroco - 23 Mar 2011 12:34:14 (#7 of 6074)

Syrian Meltdown,

New Clashes in Syria Kill Six

Six people died Wednesday in the southern Syrian city of Daraa when security forces launched an attack near the al-Omar Mosque, where anti-government demonstrators had taken shelter. Security forces had killed seven protesters in Daraa over the weekend.

sciroco - 23 Mar 2011 19:31:42 (#8 of 6074)

Syria on fire,

15 dead in new clashes in southern Syria city

DARAA, Syria – Syrian police launched a relentless assault Wednesday on a neighborhood sheltering anti-government protesters, fatally shooting at least 15 in an operation that lasted nearly 24 hours, witnesses said.

sciroco - 24 Mar 2011 13:06:01 (#9 of 6074)

A bottom up revolution in Syria...

Children's Graffiti Sparked Wave of Syrian Protests

Inspired by the images of Arab revolutions incessantly shown on pan-Arab satellite TV, schoolchildren in Daraa wrote on walls some of the anti-regime slogans they were hearing, only to find themselves detained by the police. Their families took to the streets last week to protest against the arrest of their children, leading to a Syrian government crackdown.

sciroco - 24 Mar 2011 18:06:09 (#10 of 6074)

Syria's Facebook Revolution...

Syrian MB: Uprising will not stop until demands are met

London, Asharq Al-Awsat – The former leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Ali Sadr al-Din al-Bayanouni AKA Abu Anas yesterday told Asharq Al-Awsat that reforms in Syria are long overdue, and stressed that there is a popular intifada [uprising] in the Syrian street today. Al-Bayanouni also clarified that he has been calling for serious and genuine reforms for months.

Al-Bayanouni told Asharq Al-Awsat that all the factors which led to revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, are also present in Syria, from the absence of freedom to the presence of tyranny, corruption, poverty, and unemployment, not to mention the arrest of opposition figures and unfulfilled promises of reform.

The former Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader also commented on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's February interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he said that reforms would require more time, stressing to Asharq Al-Awsat that reforms are long overdue and that the people of Syria have no choice but to rise up against what is happening. Al-Bayanouni stressed that the popular intifada that is taking place in Syria's cities will not stop until the people's demands for reform are fulfilled.

As for what these demands are, al-Bayanouni told Asharq Al-Awsat that "the people are demanding the fall of the regime, the abolition of the emergency law that has been in place in Syria since March 1963, the granting of general freedoms, and an end to people being arrested for their political views or affiliations, as well as the abolition of laws and special courts, and the confrontation of corruption in a serious and effective manner."

The former Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader stressed to Asharq Al-Awsat that "the situation in Syria is much worse than the situation in Egypt [prior to the revolution]." He added "at least the Egyptians had media outlets, they could speak and talk about the situation in their country, whilst a mere whisper in Syria is enough for an individual to ensure his own destruction."

Al-Bayanouni said that "in 1982 former Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad sent forces to the town of Hama to crush the armed wing of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. The Syrian armed forces killed 30,000 people."

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janandersen - 25 Mar 2011 08:21:36 (#12 of 6074)

Could the Syrian changes end up with the liberation of Lebanon?

sciroco - 25 Mar 2011 14:23:45 (#13 of 6074)

Video on YouTube purporting to show the assault included images of streets littered with bodies, some shot in the head.

The silence from Human Rights groups is deafening

Thousands continue protests in Syria

The demonstrations are largely peaceful in Dara, a day after security forces fired on protesters, killing as many as 25. The government promises reforms but rights groups say the pledges are nonbinding.

Reporting from Cairo and Beirut— Thousands of people took to the streets in the southern city of Dara, chanting "Syria, Freedom," a day after a deadly crackdown on protests there, human rights activists said.

The demonstrations Thursday occurred at the funerals for some of those killed when government forces opened fire on protesters the previous day. Initial reports put the death toll at 15, but Reuters news agency, citing a hospital source, said more than 25 people were killed.

Video on YouTube purporting to show the assault included images of streets littered with bodies, some shot in the head.

No additional violence was reported Thursday, but human rights activists said a number of Syrian writers and journalists who reported on the unrest in Dara had been arrested.,0,4190975.story

sciroco - 25 Mar 2011 18:40:07 (#14 of 6074)

Where is the UN ?

Protesters gunned down in Syria, witnesses say

Violent protests erupted in Syria today, with at least 24 people killed in and near the restive Syrian city of Daraa and a boy slain in the town of Latakia, reports said.

sciroco - 26 Mar 2011 13:04:24 (#15 of 6074)

And makz says Syria is a wonderful place....

"They burnt the symbols of oppression and corruption,"

Wave of unrest shakes Syria as crowds torch party headquarters

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Crowds set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in the Syrian city of Deraa Sunday, residents said, as the wave of unrest in the Arab world shook even one of its most authoritarian states.

The demonstrators also set ablaze the main courts complex and two phone company branches. One of the firms, Syriatel, is owned by President Bashar al-Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf.

"They burnt the symbols of oppression and corruption," an activist said. "The banks nearby were not touched."

sciroco - 26 Mar 2011 23:34:15 (#16 of 6074)

The UN's super secret super duper threshold...

Syrian troops murder protestors: Where's the UN?

Apparently, Bashar Assad has not murdered enough innocents to deserve the scrutiny of the "Responsibility to Protect" crowd. The New York Times:

Military troops opened fire during protests in the southern part of Syria on Friday and killed peaceful demonstrators, according to witnesses and news reports, hurtling the strategically important nation along the same trajectory that has altered the landscape of power across the Arab world.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators in the southern city of Dara'a and in other cities and towns around the nation took to the streets in protest, defying a state that has once again demonstrated its willingness to use lethal force.It was the most serious challenge to 40 years of repressive rule by the Assad family since 1982, when the president at the time, Hafez al-Assad, massacred at least 10,000 protesters in Hama, a city in northern Syria.

Human rights groups said that since protests began seven days ago in the south, 38 people had been killed by government forces - and it appeared that many more were killed on Friday. Precise details were hard to obtain because the government sealed off the area to reporters and would not let foreign news media into the country.

Apparently, there is a super-duper secret threshold of dead civilians that must be crossed before our humanitarian president springs into action, along with the pious hypocrites at the UN. Clearly, there's a difference between murdering a couple of hundred protestors and a couple of thousand. Perhaps it's a matter of the volume of blood spilled. No doubt there are Official Counters of the Dead working in the basement of the UN building keeping score of how many demonstrators Baby Assad murdered today.

sophiesilver - 27 Mar 2011 10:27:39 (#17 of 6074)

“We have more difficult circumstances than most of the Arab countries but in spite of that Syria is stable. Why? Because you have to be very closely linked to the beliefs of the people. This is the core issue. When there is divergence between your policy and the people’s beliefs and interests, you will have this vacuum that creates disturbance. So people do not only live on interests; they also live on beliefs, especially in very ideological areas. Unless you understand the ideological aspect of the region, you cannot understand what is happening.”

–Bashar al Assad interview with The Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2011

Just under two months later: Al Jazeera, March 25 2011:

sciroco - 27 Mar 2011 13:40:55 (#18 of 6074)

One terrorist calls on other terrorists...Hezbollah is on the way....

To survive, Assad must contain majority Sunni unrest before it infects army

The Syrian ruler faces an unexpected Sunni revolt against his minority Allawite regime which is spreading fast and cannot be suppressed without using his Sunni-dominated military. Will Assad call on Tehran for help? Or Hizballah? Or the pro-Iranian radical Palestinian organizations? Or focus on saving Damascus? Those are the dilemmas facing him this week unless he stages a diversion by heating up the border with Israel.

janandersen - 28 Mar 2011 02:46:57 (#19 of 6074)

There are so many benefits from the end of Assad; that one would counsel the USG to do what it can quietly to hasten that end.

Could mean the end of the last frontline threat to Israel. The end to support of Hamas & Hezbollah there.

The liberation of Lebanon.

The re structuring of a new ME peace settlements.

sciroco - 28 Mar 2011 13:19:33 (#20 of 6074)

The Arab Spring in Jordan...

Jordan Protesters Set Up Camp in Amman

More than 1,000 pro-democracy demonstrators of the "March 24th Movement" set up a tent camp in the center of Amman, the Jordanian capital, on Thursday in conscious imitation of Tahrir Square in Cairo, saying they would stay put until they saw real change. While Muslim activists were in evidence, the thrust was for democratic government.

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